Rights of the Child

“Children don’t have any rights in Iran; the rights of a child are given to his/her parents.”

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

From UNICEF: Built on varied legal systems and cultural traditions, the Convention is a universally agreed set of non-negotiable standards and obligations. These basic standards—also called human rights—set minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be respected by governments. They are founded on respect for the dignity and worth of each individual, regardless of race, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origins, wealth, birth status or ability and therefore apply to every human being everywhere. With these rights comes the obligation on both governments and individuals not to infringe on the parallel rights of others. These standards are both interdependent and indivisible; we cannot ensure some rights without—or at the expense of—other rights.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.

Text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Farsi (pdf), Farsi (pdf, child-friendly version), English, English (pdf, child-friendly version), French, Spanish, and Arabic.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is available in numerous other languages.

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